Thomas Is Improving

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Redshirt junior Pete Thomas continues to improve and make plays at quarterback for the Wolfpack.

Redshirt junior Pete Thomas continues to improve and make plays at quarterback for the Wolfpack. He is currently ranked fifth in the ACC in total offense (249.8/game), sixth in passing (226.5/game) and has even rushed for 93 yards.

Thomas has steadily improved with each game. He is coming off his best performance of the season, as he completed 14-of-20 passes for 244 yards with a touchdown and an interception, plus a rushing score.

"I'm thrilled with the win the way we played," said Thomas after the game. "We could have played a little better in the second half, but I think we picked it up a little bit in the last ten minutes of the game."

"Pete has gotten better," said offensive coordinator Matt Canada. "Pete plays very, very hard. I'm very proud of the way he plays, as far as the effort he gives. I think he does everything we ask him to do. He'll continue to get better."

If there has been one issue this season it has been the lack of passing touchdowns, as the Wolfpack has narrowly missed on a few potential scoring play. However, they had their first passing score last Saturday, when Thomas connected with Bryan Underwood on an 80-yard scoring strike versus Central Michigan.

"There are always plays you want to have back and the last couple of games we've had a couple of those shots you'd like to hit," said Canada. "But, you're going to miss some of those too. Nobody is going to be perfect, but you strive for perfection."

The next few weeks are big for Thomas, and the Wolfpack. They go on the road for the first time this season against Wake Forest, and it could potentially be the last start for Thomas, as Brandon Mitchell could return from his foot injury as early as next week.

"He got good news," head coach Dave Doeren said of Mitchell on Monday. "His last x-ray, they said he had a lot of healing. They took him off the crutches, so now he is weight bearing. I know he is doing all of the sprinting and those things in the pool now that he wouldn't have been able to do a week ago.

"This is a big week for him, being off the crutches and to be weight bearing again. There is hope for next week."

Regardless, right now Pete Thomas is NC State's starting quarterback and he has led his team to a 3-1 record. Thomas knows that at times he can play better and strives to do so.

"I want to be perfect," he said. "I want to be perfect. I know you can't be perfect, but there were a lot more plays to be made [against Central Michigan].

"I know if I do my job better, a lot more guys have touchdowns, whatever it is. I just need to do my job better."

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